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Janice R. Naegele

Alan M. Dachs Professor of Science

Hall-Atwater Laboratories,

Professor of Biology

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 254

Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 254

Professor, Integrative Sciences


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BA Mount Holyoke College
PHD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Janice R. Naegele

Janice R. Naegele is a neuroscientist whose research seeks to identify novel treatments for epilepsy and brain damage. She has published extensively on applications of stem cell transplantation for neural repair, including articles on embryonic stem cell therapy for treating epilepsy and the synaptic mechanisms underlying seizure suppression by fetal inhibitory neuron transplants. Current work focuses on understanding how endogenous neurons in the hippocampus are altered after transplanting developing mouse or human GABAergic progenitors into this region of the brain, which is vital for forming new memories. Dr. Naegele recently co-authored a review on synaptic dysfunction in neurological diseases including epilepsy. In the Naegele laboratory a team of graduate students, working with undergraduates and technicians, investigates the therapeutic effects of stem cell transplantation through experimental approaches including behavior, electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, viral-mediated gene overexpression, and optogenetics.

Janice R. Naegele, Alan M Dachs Professor of Science in the Department of Biology and Program in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Professor Naegele received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did her postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University with Colin Barnstable and Torsten Wiesel. She had a three-year appointment as an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University School of Medicine, and joined the tenure-track faculty at Wesleyan University in 1991. She was Chair of Biology, Director of the Center for Faculty Career Development, and Chair of the Faculty (2017-2018). Her work is funded by the Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research fund, the National Institutes of Health, and CURE Epilepsy. Recent honors include: the Connecticut Women of Innovation award (2017),  the Louise Hansen Marshall Mentoring Award from the Society for Neuroscience, and election to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2017).

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Fall 2018  Walk-in Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4 PM, other times by appointment.



Spring 2020
BIOL 510 - 01
Neurosciences Journal Club II

NS&B 360 - 01